Seattle University offers social justice focused, community-based advanced clinical social work education.

Admitted Students Eligible For Up To $51,500 In Scholarships From New Initiative

The SU MSW program is proud to participate in the Washington State Behavioral Health Workforce Development Initiative

Logo with blue and orange textThis innovative program is designed to expand the number and diversity of mental health counselors, social workers and therapists in Washington state who serve individuals with severe mental health or substance use challenges. The initiative provides grants, up to $51,500, to students in advanced social work and counseling programs at 13 participating universities across the state in return for their service in approved community-based behavioral health or tribal agencies.

2023 MSW applications are open

Priority Deadline: January 20, 2023

Already earned your BSW?*

Start our Advanced Standing program in August 2023

Graduate June 2024

Applications will open soon!

*requires BSW or BASW from CSWE accredited program

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Social Justice Statement

Program Options

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2-Year MSW

A full-time, cohort-based, social justice-focused MSW program. 

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Advanced Standing MSW

For applicants who have an undergraduate degree in social work or social welfare. 

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Learn about practicum details and requirements for both MSW program options. 

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Sub-Specialization Opportunities

Learn about sub-specialization opportunities for both MSW program options. 

MSW Events and Info Sessions

Student Spotlight

Contact Us

  • Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW, PhD

    Chair, Department of Social Work

    Director, Master of Social Work 

    Associate Professor


  • Estella Williamson, DSW, MSW, ACSW

    Field Director, Department of Social Work 

    Clinical Professor


  • Katie Hoag

    Program Coordinator, Master of Social Work 


  • Anna McCain

    Administrative Assistant, Department of Social Work 


Council on Social Work Education

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Faculty Reading List

Check out our Seattle U Social Work Faculty Reading List; each selection has impacted our faculty members in their social work careers. 

Student FAQs

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Potential and newly accepted students will often reach out to the social work program to talk with a student about their experience. Oftentimes the questions will be very similar, which is how I have come up with this list. I hope it is helpful in determining if this is the right program for you or solidifying your decision to accept your admission.
May 4, 2022

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Practicum Advocacy

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The practicum experience is a huge part of social work education. Personally, I feel like I have learned more while at my practicum than I could ever learn in a classroom. There are parts of the practicum experience that seem to be less talked about and may go unnoticed by some. So, let’s talk about them so that you know what to expect!
Feb 28, 2022

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Upcoming Events from the School Social Work Association of America

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The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) has scheduled some exciting upcoming events in September and October 2022!
Sep 2, 2022

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News Release: ASWB social work licensing exam pass rate data confirm concern over racial disparities

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The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) on August 5 published data in a 2022 ASWB Exam Pass Rate Analysis. This disclosure stems from years of advocacy by NASW and other social work organizations, schools of social work, and individual advocates to push ASWB to post data that it has been unwilling to release for decades.
Aug 25, 2022

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